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Fiona Watt is an Editorial Director and writer at Usborne Publishing. She graduated from Exeter University with a Batchelor of Education in Art and Design. She taught for three years at a primary school in Kent, before spending two years at a British school in The Netherlands. She started working at Usborne in 1989 and has written and edited hundreds of books including baby and novelty, sticker, art and craft, cookery, science and activity books. She has written all the titles in the award-winning 'That's not my….' series and many in the highly successful Sticker Dolly Dressing series. She is the fourth biggest-selling UK children's author, with over 10 million of her books sold in the UK since records began.
A delightful touchy-feely book with simple, repetitive text. Bright, colourful illustrations with textures to touch and feel on every page. Helps very young children develop language and sensory skills.
This festive activity book for little children is full of Christmas scenes to decorate. Dress the dolls for a Christmas market, ice skating, building a snowman and lots more. With over 200 stickers of festive outfits and Christmas decorations.
Dress the sticker dollies in a range of Halloween costumers in this spooky addition to the Sticker Dolly Dressing series. There are lots of stickers with which to dress the dolls in brilliant costumes and accessories, and decorations to complete the magical scenes.
A delightful addition to the Little Dolly Dressing series. Follow Ruby the Rainbow fairy as she flutters around Fairyland in search of colourful fairy dust. Use the stickers to dress the fairies and decorate the pages. Scenes include a garden filled with red flowers, an orange orchard and a yellow meadow and lots more.
The best-selling series of Usborne touchy-feely titles get a welcome addition with this great new title. Perfect for very small fingers to explore, these books combine strongly outlined pictures which include patches of different textures. These patches invite very young children to get up close to the animals and engage! Just like the little mouse in the pictures does. Here he checks out the polar bear’s claws which are too shiny, nose which is too squashy and tongue which is too rough. It is only when he gets to the lovely fluffy tummy that he knows he’s found the polar bear that belongs to him!
Cheerful and bright, full of pictures of animal families – elephant, penguins, monkeys, seals and lions – and with the added bonus of sound buttons, this will delight the very young. The illustrations will hold their attention and there’s lots to see on every page; chunky tabs make the pages easy to turn, and the sturdy buttons produce satisfyingly loud and jolly animal noises when pushed. This will develop lots of early skills, including hand eye co-ordination, and will be great fun to share too. ~ Andrea Reece
Another excellent first concepts book from Usborne. A little zebra daydreams about being different colours, pink like Flamingo, green like Crocodile, or even a multi-coloured combination of all, before deciding that black and white is best for playing hide and seek. Clever cut outs on each page turn zebra from one colour to another, and there’s a nice big flap to lift as an extra treat on the final page. It’s a lovely way to teach children colours and there’s an important message too about being happy with who you are. With lots to name, count and spot on each page, it’s great for sharing. ~ Andrea Reece
Babies and toddlers will love following the fingertrails, peeping through the holes and exploring the cut-out shapes on every page. A colourful word book illustrated with delightful animal characters and busy scenes. There are new words to learn on every page, from body parts and actions to senses and emotions.
One of our special picks for Mothering Sunday The That’s Not My … series continues to lead the touch-feely field, consistently producing rewarding books for the very youngest. From the attractive cover with its shiny-beaked chick, to the last page which presents a super-strokable fluffy chick, this will catch and hold baby’s or toddler’s attention, and encourage both visual and tactile interaction. The simple, repetitive text is just right for the age group too and this is another thoroughly enjoyable and effective first book in an excellent series. ~ Andrea Reece Our special Mothering Sunday Picks Guess How Much I Love You Gift Set by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram Something for Mummy by Ted Dewan Mother's Day by Shirley Hughes With My Mummy by James Brown That's Not My Chick by Fiona Watt Superhero Mum by Timothy Knapman Me and My Grandma by Alison Ritchie
This bright, interactive little board book is the perfect introduction to Christmas for baby. Smiling, colourfully dressed animals populate seasonal scenes, such as decorating the tree, playing in the snow, and the arrival of Father Christmas. Each page features sturdy sliders which little fingers can move to change the scenes, adding baubles to the tree or – wheeee – moving the sled down the hill. With cut-out shapes and finger trails too it encourages hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills, while there’s lots too to look at and name on every page. ~ Andrea Reece